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Absolutely awesome hike with beautiful scenery and the lake is stunning and a great place for a picnic! We hiked this trail with four kids (7, 7 1/2, 9 1/2, 9 1/2) and they were tired but did great, although they have hiked quite a bit. The littlest had the most difficult time. Rocks, roots, and switchbacks makes this trail challenging for the out of shape hiker. The view is worth it!

Beautiful and friendly. Make sure you have the right pass (mountain pass or something like that.) Many rocks and roots and lots of uphill, including some switchback. But absolutely worth it.

Really great trail that doesn't take all day. Perfect level for people just strarting to hike and arent in perfect shape. The entire trail is in the shade and is just beautiful. Takes just over an hour walking.

Nice work out due to terrain but easy to get lost. If you're a bird watcher you would probably enjoy this trail. We saw a downy woodpecker, two pileated woodpeckers and a barred owl. Next time I would bring binoculars as the forest area is thick so its difficult to find many of the birds. Trail signs would be helpful.

Uphill but paths are nicely maintained. It takes about 30 minutes to get from the parking lot to the Sugarloaf viewpoint.

hiking
12 days ago

I went on the 4th of July. I lucked out with parking. Judging by the amount of cars, I considered not going but was able to get a parking spot at the trailhead. Based on the amount of cars, I was pleasantly surprised to not really meet up with too many people for the about the first mile. The rocks weren't as bad as the roots as people have mentioned. I wouldn't take little kids but I saw plenty trekking without a problem. I had a dog and encountered about 18 others throughout the day. All but one were on leashes. The mud greets you near the top. I'd say the last half mile. The worst part were the bugs at the top. I didn't notice them once I crossed the wood planked walkway. definitely be prepared. Beautiful, relatively easy hike. I'd defi do it again.

Beautiful hike. Accessible for our 6 and 4 y.o. boys. Our only regret was that the pond is not accessible from the trail.

hiking
14 days ago

easy to find, well maintained, mostly shaded moderate hike. would definitely do it again. nice little lake at the top to stop and eat lunch.

did this trail October 2017. went with a group of 4, which was a good size. it was cool in temperature but no one in the lake. cool rock wall at the lake.

hiking
17 days ago

Challenging and very worth it. It took us about five hours to do the trail including around the lake. We saw some fresh bear scat on the other side of the lake.

Hike really beautiful but a portion of trail overgrown, full if bandit trails which you can easily to get lost and some parts are dangerous. This hike made me almost uninstall this app.

hiking
18 days ago

Thimble berries and huckleberries season is open, the snack bars line the trail. This trail is shaded and a good choice if it is hot. I found it moderate/hard as there are a lot of tricky steps with roots or rocks and hiking sticks helped a great deal. Looks like the Gardener was hard at work, the trail around the lake is lined with ferns and charming Bunch Berry in bloom. A swim in the clear water was the best reward and the GREEN is a balm to the eyes. You will love it! A perfect wedding anniversary hike!

absolutely gorgeous! very peaceful. heads up that people break into cars here... we saw evidence of that today. :(

Great hike and a beautiful view. I jumped in the lake and it was cold but felt so good from the hike.

Tough trail but manageable with hiking sticks. It's definitely not a beginner trail. The uneven terrain with rocks and roots going uphill on the way to the lake was quite an adventure. But on the way back it's all downhill!!

Heather Lake is hard to find! For those who have never been there, you need to enter the Pilchuck Access Road, and Heather Lake Trail Head is up the road, with the Pulchuck Trail Head further up. The road going up has huge potholes, so drive slow.

This trail is rated moderate, but would rate it moderate/hard. It’s fairly steep and is all tree roots, rocks, and more boulders! Most of the hike is tree covered until you get to the lake.

Once at the top, the lake is very nice. It’s not as clear or pretty as others, but still pretty enough with the mountains and waterfalls behind, and worth doing. I jumped in for a swim and it felt amazing!

Make sure to have your National Forest Pass with you. And bring bug spray! Misquotes and flies were horrible!

The road up to the trail head was pretty rough on my car that doesn't have shocks >.< My family and I went for a late afternoon hike, starting about 3pm and there was 75 people that had already did the trail :) per the trail registrar however our hike wasn't very crowded at all! The trail was pretty moderate with its incline with lots of spots where roots and rocks will become your stairs! The views at the top are breath taking and the water felt great!

Took my daughter on this hike and it was doable for a 10-year old. The last part of the trail up to the top of Erie is a bit tricky for the less experienced. Also, as others have said, the trail system can be very confusing if you have not been on the trail before. Views were good, but not great because of smoke/haze.

Paved walkway very scenic, saw several different birds, had a few benches along the route to rest. Neat side across bridge leads to small wooden outlook. Also port a potty nearby that bridge.

trail running
26 days ago

As a beginner to running I found the hills challenging but the trail was paved and simple for me to follow. Great views.

hiking
28 days ago

Gave it a 4* rating for convenience to escape the hustle and bustle of the city

We went in the fall. It was a very pretty trail, and we didn’t really see any other people

Gorgeous old growth forest with a breath taking Lake at the top. Easy enough

backpacking
30 days ago

Great trail!

Easy, plenty of places to wander! Beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

I love this hike. I took my standard poodle and chihuahua. 1hr up and 1hr back down.

Beautiful lake at top.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely moderate took about an hour from the parking area to the lake, it was a beautiful day! Highly recommend this hike!

on Heather Lake Trail

1 month ago

Cloudy so we couldn’t see across the lake but it was a fun hike that wasn’t too easy and wasn’t too hard

my favorite

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